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If you want to get on the water today, you’ll have your chance. Although the morning gradient was only at .07, the westerlies were still blowing in the low teens at 5am. As an upper low shifts east of the Cascades later and high pressure builds at the coast, westerlies pick up into the 21-24 range from Hood River out to Arlington. Yes, I know that’s not very specific, but it’s going to be windy on the whole river by afternoon. If you have the morning, stay near Hood River. If you have the afternoon, head east.
Light westerlies hang on for one last day tomorrow, before switching to east winds for Friday and Saturday and turning back around on Sunday. Actually, models are completely out of agreement on the strength of the west winds tomorrow, so I’m taking a bit of a wait and see approach to make the call on wind speed.
If you’re looking for something to do tonight, there are the sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina. Show up at the docks around 5:30, and there’s a good chance you’ll get on a boat. Also tonight is the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle, run by a mystery boater since Tim’s out of town. If you want to run the Lower or Middle White Salmon with a cool group, meet at the Husum put-in at 5:30.
Speaking of boating, the White Salmon’s just around 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at a slightly boney, but still very fun 900 cfs. Ishy-Pishy is super fun at this level.
And finally, coming up tomorrow night, there’s the Post and Pint ride out of Dirty Fingers Bike Repair, and there’s a new Thursday event: There’s a free Crossfit workout. Meet at the south side of the Event Site at 5:30 for a workout followed by a barbeque and potluck. Jeri is bringing her BBQ. You bring the beer and beef.
As many of you have heard, Mike Jacoby is back! There’s a welcome home party for him from 6-7pm this Saturday night at his home at 431Wess Road in Underwood.
And remember the peak of the Perseids is late Thursday night into Friday morning, with 60 or more meteors and fireballs per hour. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and a warm evening. It’s going to be a great show, because there will be almost no moon this year. Get ready…
Have a great day today!
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